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Definition of yearn verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive] (literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yearn
    he / she / it yearns
    past simple yearned
    -ing form yearning
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  1. 1to want something very much, especially when it is very difficult to get synonym long
  2. 2 yearn (for something/somebody) The people yearned for peace. There was a yearning look in his eyes. yearn to do something She yearned to escape from her office job.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: yearn